The medical device manufacturer has filed a lawsuit alleging that Cytek (Fremont, CA) and several former BD employees stole secret technical specifications, source code, and designs related to the field of flow cytometry.
A global injection molder with toolmaking capabilities, Plastek (Erie, PA) has acquired Costapacking (Pirassununga, Brazil), which serves the food and beverage, personal care and home care industries of several Fortune 100 companies.
High-molecular-weight polyethylene for film jumped $0.03/lb, as a major producer declared force majeure on this resin after more than a month of production issues. Meanwhile, injection-grade high-density polyethylene and linear low-density polyethylene butene both lost a little ground last week.
The DS-eTPC II from Davis-Standard LLC (Pawcatuck, CT) can control up to three extruders—including melt pumps and auxiliaries such as vacuum pumps for each extruder—and perform real-time and historical data trending.
Polyethylene (PE) producers appear set to implement their $0.04/lb price increase for February contracts. Polypropylene (PP) producers, on the other hand, will be giving back a chunk of the $0.09/lb cost-push increase they gained in January.
The upgrade, which included a 40% expansion of the facility, enables the Lewiston plant to more rapidly produce larger batch sizes of MEVOPUR pre-colored medical plastic compounds from 6,000 to 12,000 pounds or more.
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA) and University of Washington (Seattle) have partnered to form the Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry and Technology to pursue advances in materials that will transform energy, telecommunications, medicine and other fields.